For the fifth year in a row, Honda has shown up to EICMA with a show-stopping concept motorcycle. For EICMA 2019, the Honda CB4X Concept takes a bow in Milan. On display in the Design Studio portion of its EICMA display, the Honda CB4X is the result of work at Honda R&D Europe in Rome. Valerio Aiello and his team of designers put together this impressive crossover-style concept motorcycle with the theme, “Fun seven days a week.”The Honda CB4X is a triple-threat design. In addition to performing the duties of a sport motorcycle, it is also designed to be an urban commuter and medium-distance sport-tourer. With that in mind, the concept motorcycle gets an inline-4 motor with downdraft fuel injectors and a pair of SC-Project mufflers. While handguards give it an ADV accent, the four vulnerable header pipes running under the bottom end indicate otherwise.
Familiar performance design features include an Öhlins inverted fork, a single-sided swingarm with an Öhlins piggyback-reservoir shock, radially mounted Brembo brake calipers, aluminum subframe, and Pirelli Rosso Corsa II tires on 17-inch wheels.To satisfy the touring riding, the windscreen for the frame-mounted fairing is adjustable, the rider’s seat looks supportive, there are passenger pegs (though the pillion is under a cover), and there are daylight running lights with the slit-like headlight.As is often the case with a concept motorcycle, legal requirements such as mirrors, turn signals, and a license plate mount are nowhere to be found. That, of course, keeps the design as clean as possible.The Honda CB4X concept motorcycle looks remarkably close to a functional production motorcycle, rather than a flight of fancy—it even has familiar switchgear. If Honda wants to produce a final street-going version, we doubt we will hear many complaints.
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!